Wild camping in Scotland has long been a dream of mine. To be entirely immersed in nature, roaming with no real plan of where I would visit or how long I would stay. This summer I had the opportunity to live out this dream as Caitlin and I filled a couple of backpacks and headed... Continue Reading →
Saturday morning for me means waking up a little too early, heading to the park for a rigorous 5km run. Why you ask? It is all worth it when you can treat yourself to this once you're all done. After a stop off at the greengrocers for tomatoes, eggs and fresh coriander and popping into... Continue Reading →
The first in a series of posts investigating whether we are living in the future and what technologies that have allowed us to live out our utopian (or dystopian) dreams.
In one of a series of seven papers published this week, a team of researchers have designed five yeast chromosomes - 30% of the entire genome - completely synthetically. The genome of the yeast species S. cerevisiae - the same used to bake bread - consists of sixteen chromosomes containing the DNA. The project, titled the Synthetic Yeast... Continue Reading →
Two studies posted in Nature this week (LePage, Beckman) have shown the power of common bacterial genes in mosquito sterilisation. By splicing bacterial genes into living male mosquitoes they become infertile and allow for control of the mosquito population size. The bacteria Wolbachia is found in approximately 60% of insects including some species of... Continue Reading →
For the first time in 45 years humans will again be heading into deep space. The private company SpaceX - founded by Elon Musk of Paypal and Tesla - has set its sights on providing the first commercial flight around the moon. SpaceX have been at the forefront of space travel and rocket design with... Continue Reading →
Seven earth sized planets have been discovered by space telescope Spitzer in a galaxy 40 light years away. Three of these newly discovered planets sit in what is known as the Goldilocks zone, a distance near enough to a star for liquid water to form. These planets are named after the star they orbit -... Continue Reading →